I’m in Santa Monica for work this week. Last night, I left my laptop at the office, taking just my iPad and my iPhone back to The Georgian Hotel where I’m staying. The Georgian provides free WiFi for its guests.
Like many WiFi providers, The Georgian redirects all web traffic to a login page until you authenticate. The hotel provides each guest with the WiFi username and password at checkin. (It’s always the same username — “guest” — and password for everyone.)
My iPhone, however, could login with no problem.
As many WiFi providers do, the Georgian’s system has a special link for VPN users. Clicking that link merely provides you with a static, public IP address, making VPN access easier.
That was my in.
Using my iPhone, I took advantage of the VPN/static-IP option, and logged in. Then I went into the Settings app and tapped on the network connection to see its details.
On my iPad, I went into Settings and tapped into the Georgian’s network, but instead of leaving the default “DHCP” option enabled (where you get provided with an IP address by the network), I switched to “manual” mode, where you tell the network exactly what IP address you want.
I painstakingly copied the IP address (and subnet, router, and DNS information) from my iPhone onto the iPad.
And as you’ve guessed, it indeed worked. From then on, I could surf the Internet on my iPad without a hitch. As a pre-caution, I logged out of the network on my iPhone, and then reconnected it without the VPN option. That way, I could avoid having two devices trying to share the same IP address.